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Did you know that gum disease affects 64.7 million Americans today? This serious condition is an infection of your gum tissue, and can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Not only that, but this common condition can also increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease since the inflammation in the gums releases harmful bacteria throughout your body.

Treating periodontal disease is easy in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment may include extra dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

At Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants in Ocoee, Florida, Dr. Ryan Mendro we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface. and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.

Gum disease prevention is easy with the right care and attention. Maintain a diligent daily oral hygiene routine and never skip scheduled cleanings. If you need help with your gums, please call our Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants team in Ocoee, Florida, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Mendro. We are happy to give you the care you need and the smile you deserve!